Justin Morrow is twelve-year veteran of Major League Soccer and a social activist. He retired as Defender for Toronto FC after a distinguished career including 2017 MLS Championship and Gold Cup Championship. On Juneteenth 2020, Justin co-founded Black Players for Change, a nonprofit organization to represent the 170 Black players in MLS. Black Players for Change is dedicated to fighting for equity, representation and inclusion in soccer as well as working to close the economic and education gap in minority communities. Justin also serves as Executive Director. In 2021, he was named MLS Humanitarian of the Year for his work with Black Players for Change as well as the MLSE Foundation’s Change the Game and the More than a Vote coalition,.
As a Fellow with the Global Sports Initiative, Justin will research global athlete activism. Creating this comparative study can equip the current generation of athlete activists with the historical and contextual knowledge they need to create effective, lasting change.